Commentary/Blog

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: December 22, 2010 |

On Logos, Retooling Growth, and Contagion Fears: Conventional and Non-Conventional Thoughts on the Occasion of the Days at the Dawn of 2011

On Logos, Retooling Growth, and Contagion Fears: Conventional and Non-Conventional Thoughts on the Occasion of the Days at the Dawn of 2011 A few months ago on this part of […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: December 20, 2010 |

The Descent of Currencies: Reflating Distressed Economies in the Post-Bubble Period

The late Kenneth Lay of Enron renamed his company from Enteron to Enron and moved the headquarters to Houston, Texas, ready to become the global trading conglomerate of energy, with […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: December 13, 2010 |

Illusions, Economic Reality, & Aisimnitia in Times of Uncertainty: Do we and the EU Need Chairman Volcker Back?

One of the great joys of my job is to meet old and new friends who teach and/or remind me of marvelous concepts and ideas. One such incident happened about […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: November 29, 2010 |

Alea Iacta Est: Has the Die been Cast on the Eurozone?

Fact 1: In the early 1990s, if it were not for Europeans and the US, Germany would have had a pretty rough and bumpy ride towards its reunification. The direct […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: November 10, 2010 |

Seisachtheia Meets the Markets: The Fed, the Yuan, and India

First of all, a special note of thanks to a good friend (IKM) who recently reminded me of the concept of Seisachtheia. Thus, a historical reference is needed first (please […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: November 8, 2010 |

The Markets in Purgatory

They did it again. They rolled the dice again in favor of $600 billion in purchases, and when we count the repurchases of other paper-instruments (e.g. mortgages and MBS), the […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: November 2, 2010 |

Negative Yields, Inflationary Expectations, and Portfolio Allocation: In what Directions is Sisyphus Pushing the Rock?

Just a few days ago the auction for TIPS (Treasury Inflation Protection Securities) produced for the first time ever negative yields. When we take into account that TIPS’ correlation with […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: October 28, 2010 |

ΙΣΧΟΜΑΧΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΤΑΘΕΙΑ: CUI BONO?

Πολλά έχουν γραφτεί και ακόμα περισσότερα έχουν ειπωθεί σχετικά με το δίλημμα που έθεσε ο Πρωθυπουργός όσον αφορά το αποτέλεσμα των περιφερειακών εκλογών. Θα ήθελα να ανατρέξουμε κάποιους αιώνες πίσω, […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: October 25, 2010 |

In the Land of Debt: Foreclosures, Commodities, and Quantitative Easing

The securitization problems seem to be making another comeback in the form of “foreclosuregate”, as the Economist newspaper has labeled its latest phase. Banks seem to be admitting to subpar […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: October 21, 2010 |

O ΣΙΣΥΦΟΣ, ΟΙ ΑΓΟΡΕΣ, ΚΑΙ ΟΙ ΙΣΟΤΙΜΙΕΣ

Ο μύθος του Σίσυφου πρωτοειπώθηκε από τον Όμηρο. Καταδικάστηκε από τους θεούς να κυλά ένα βράχο στην κορυφή ενός βουνού. Η μοίρα της πέτρας ήταν να κατρακυλά πίσω στη βάση […]

By: John E. Charalambakis | On: October 19, 2010 |

Brand Name Icarus: Lessons Learned?

Today China decided to raise its lending and deposit rates. How could we interpret such a move? In the near future we will draft a commentary on Icarus, but let […]